Pharmacists have a critical role in the support of self-management for patients with asthma,
according to a study published in Exploratory Research in Clinical and Social Pharmacy. Researchers conducted a nationwide survey among patients obtaining prescription medicines for
allergies or asthma. They sought to determine from which sources these patients were receiving
treatment information and if they were receiving written action plans. A written plan of action
was received by approximately 73% of patients with asthma, 61% of patients at risk for anaphylaxis, and less than 50% of patients with other types of allergies. Pharmacists were the most common source of information about treatment for both patients with asthma and allergy. Of both patient groups, about 10% reported not receiving any treatment information.